Bibbity-Bobbity-Beau-ty Recipes

Cold weather can leave skin feeling parched, flaky and dull. Luckily for us, pumpkin season can also be our fairy godmother when it comes to these vitamin packed mega squashes protecting our delicate skin from premature aging, sun spots, clogged pores, and an uneven complexion. Pumpkins are enriched with many vitamins and anti-oxidants that can boost the elasticity of the skin. So after carving those pumpkins don’t let all that puree go to waste. Try these easy pumpkin beauty recipes to enhance your autumn glow for that Cinderella worthy skin.

SWEET PUMPKIN BODY SCRUB
This body scrub will gently exfoliate and revitalize your skin.

Combine, in a small bowl:

  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Mix with a spoon until blended. Apply to body with gentle circular scrubbing motions, using a washcloth if desired. When complete, rinse with warm water.

UNSCENTED FACIAL SCRUB:

½ cup pureed pumpkin
3 tablespoons organic sugar
½ teaspoon pumpkin seed oil

Directions: Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix them together to make a thick paste. Massage quarter-sized amount into your face/body in circular motions. Rinse off after a few minutes with lukewarm water.

FRAGRANT FACIAL SCRUB:

½ cup cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed
½ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions: Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix them together to make a thick paste. Massage quarter-sized amount into your face/body in circular motions. Rinse off after a few minutes with lukewarm water.

PURIFYING FACIAL MASK
This facial mask with help soften your skin for a natural glow.

Combine, in a small bowl:

  • 2 Tbsp pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • Buttermilk—just enough to reach a spread-able consistency

Mix ingredients well, and apply to freshly cleansed skin, avoiding the eyes. Lie back and allow the mask to do its work for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and enjoy your smooth skin.

FACE MASK FOR OILY SKIN:

¼ cup of fresh pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 egg yolk

Directions: Combine all the ingredients and blend together in a food processor. Spread mixture all over face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

FACE MASK FOR DRY SKIN:

¼ cup of fresh pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
Splash of milk (or whipping cream if your skin is REALLY dry)

Directions: Combine all the ingredients and blend together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water.

The milk/cream is great for dry skin – it moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

PUMPKIN PIE FOOT SCRUB
This foot and hand scrub will help slough off rough skin, leaving skin soft and moisturized.

Combine in a small bowl:

  • 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 Tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 3 Tbsp oil (try jojoba, grapeseed, almond, or olive oil)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 drop natural vanilla extract

Blend ingredients thoroughly. Over a large bowl, rimmed baking sheet, or bathtub, massage mixture into feet (and hands, if desired), focusing on rough areas and cuticles. Allow mixture to remain on skin for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water.

PUMPKIN HAIR MASK

½ cup pureed pumpkin
¼ cup of natural plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of honey

Directions: Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Apply the mask through your entire head of hair (from root to tip). Once your hair is full saturated, put on a shower cap and leave on for about 30 minutes. Rinse off well with lukewarm water. Style as usual.

Pumpkin is an excellent conditioner for dry hair; this recipe promises to make your hair shiny and soft.

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